AGU will appeal against decision suspending study for the power plant on the River Tapajós

 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

 

AGU will appeal against decision suspending study for the power plant on the River Tapajós

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The Solicitor-General of the Union (AGU) will appeal, later this week, the decision of the Federal Regional Court of the 1st region (TRF1), in Brasilia, which determined the temporary suspension of the environmental licensing process concerning works from São Luís do Tapajós, Rio Tapajós, West of Pará, and all actions related to the project. Currently, a technical team analyzes the flora and fauna of the region with the objective, according to a statement from AGU, “information during the full period of the River, to assess the social and environmental impact in the event of project feasibility of utilization of hydroelectric potential of São Luiz do Tapajós and Jatobá”.

The report is of Thais Piglet and published by Agência Brazil-EBC, 4/17/2013.

According to the AGU, three steps have been completed, in that the analysis in hydrological cycles of ebb and flood. “If the search is not made in full can only be completed in the next year,” says the note.

The Attorney General also stressed that even without judicial determination, there was no admission of researchers or support staff in local communities or indigenous lands during the environmental review. “The planning of the field studies was presented to leaders in the region and set a coexistence agreement so that the work does not impede movement of communities nor its hunting and fishing activities,” adds the document.

The Agency reported that it was postponed until the end of this month a meeting between federal government representatives and indigenous leaders of the Munduruku, who live in areas that will be affected by the developments. The meeting, which was scheduled for the day April 10, Jacareacanga (PA), will take place at the request of the indigenous leaders, who requested more time to debate, among them, the proposal for a query made by the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic. The goal is to continue the process of consultations with the indigenous peoples who live in the Tapajós on the proposal of the Government of hydroelectric development in the region.

Yesterday (16), the Federal Regional Court of the 1st region (TRF1) informed the decision of Judge JBailey oão Moreira which determined the temporary suspension of the environmental licensing process concerning works from São Luís do Tapajós, Rio Tapajós, West of Pará, and all actions related to the project.

By determination, before environmental impact studies that require the presence of technicians on site, there needs to be consultation not only to indigenous peoples, but also to traditional populations, along the lines set out in Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO), of which Brazil is a signatory.

The request for suspension was presented to TRF1 last month by Federal prosecutors in Pará (MPF/PA) as appeal against decision of the Federal Court in Santarém, that had denied the interruption of activities.

The Prosecutor said in a note published yesterday, that decision reaches the Tapajós Operation, through which military and police operate in the region, by the federal Government’s determination to ensure the implementation of the studies.

In the evaluation of public prosecutors involved in the case, the Tapajós Operation prevents the dialogue and consultation as determines the ILO Convention. They warn that there is a risk of confrontation between police and protesters opposed to the construction of power plants on the River Tapajós, mainly ethnic Indians Munduruku.

~http://www.ihu.unisinos.br/noticias/519402-agu-vai-recorrer-de-decisao-que-suspende-estudo-para-obras-de-usina-no-rio-tapajos

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